Pyrrhus of Epirus

When schools taught Ancient Greek and Latin, the study of Classics and Ancient History was a popular area of history. Many schoolchildren left with an understanding of the history of Ancient Greece and the movement of power to Rome. Today that has shrunk for so many to an understanding delivered by Hollywood that all too often provides great entertainment but very poor history. Here, the author has provided a portrait of one of the key figures of the period, often described as the Successor Kingdoms, as the City States of Ancient Greece were replaced by a rapidly growing and aggressive Rome as the centre of ancient power in the Mediterranean and beyond. A great read and an important work.


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NAME: Pyrrhus of Epirus
FILE: R2426
AUTHOR:  Jeff Champion
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING:soft back 
PAGES:  156
PRICE: £12.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Pyrrhus, Pyrrhic Victory, Rome, Ancient Greece, Successor 
Kingdoms, Sicily, Epirus, Hannibal, war elephants, City States.
ISBN: 1-47388-664-3
IMAGE: B2426.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: When schools taught Ancient Greek and Latin, the study 
of Classics and Ancient History was a popular area of history. Many 
schoolchildren left with an understanding of the history of Ancient 
Greece and the movement of power to Rome. Today that has shrunk for 
so many to an understanding delivered by Hollywood that all too 
often provides great entertainment but very poor history. Here, the 
author has provided a portrait of one of the key figures of the 
period, often described as the Successor Kingdoms, as the City 
States of Ancient Greece were replaced by a rapidly growing and 
aggressive Rome as the centre of ancient power in the Mediterranean 
and beyond. A great read and an important work.

Pyrrhus is a general who deserves very much greater recognition. 
Many of the generals who followed him gave him great credit. 
Hannibal believed Pyrrhus was a greater general than he and learned 
from his example. Many later Roman commanders took similar note and 
benefited. More recent military schools have taught the lessons of 
Pyrrhus and WWII US General Patton is one successful commander to 
benefit.

The book contains good illustration in the form of maps and a photo-
plate section to support a very readable text that paints a vivid 
picture of an outstanding war leader.

Pyrrhus was an opportunist, smuggled to safety as an infant from 
Epirus and to become, at various times, and several times, King of 
Epirus and of Macedon and then Sicily. He may have ultimately failed 
in Italy, but he went on to new adventures in Greece, before dying 
in battle while storming the city of Argos.

Pyrrhus was an aggressive and adaptable commander who was not afraid 
to accept high casualties to win a battle, a similar characteristic 
to Napoleon who was sometimes dismissed as a 'pounder' who won only 
by feeding his troops into the grinder until the enemy was worn out. 
This approach by Pyrrhus was to give us the description of costly 
victory as 'Pyrrhic Victory.

Good characterisation and clear description makes this an enjoyable 
and very informative work.